How to Watch TED.com Videos

Now that you’re all signed up for TED.com, it’s time to get to the good part: watching the videos!  All of the videos on TED.com are condensed versions of lectures from live TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference events.  Some are funny.  Some are alarming.  Some are astounding.  Some are inspirational.  But they’re almost always thought-provoking.  And this tutorial will show you all of the neat stuff that you can do with them.

Watching videos on TED.com

  1. Go to www.ted.com in your web browser and click Log In in the top-right corner.

  2. When the log in box appears, if you signed up for TED.com with your Facebook account, click Log In With Facebook.  This will allow you to log into TED.com through logging into your Facebook account.

    If you signed up the old-fashioned way, click in the box labelled “Email” and type in the email address that you used to sign up for TED.com.  Then click in the box labelled “Password” and type in the password that you picked to protect your TED.com account with. 

    If you’d like, you can also click the check box labelled “Remember Me” to mark or unmark it.  If it’s marked, TED.com will remember your email address the next time that you log in while using your current computer.  You may want to unmark it if someone other than you will be using the computer that you’re currently on.

    When you’re ready, click Log In.

  3. Now that you’ve logged in, you need to find a video to watch.  You can do so by searching for one (our How to Search TED.com tutorial has more on that), or by browsing for videos in various places.  For example, the TED.com home page has several new and popular videos that you may want to watch, or you can move your mouse cursor over the Watch option in the top menu and click on one of the browsing options that appear.

    Click on a video to go to its page.

  4. Once you’re on a video’s page, click on the video to start playing it. This will bring up the TED.com video player, which looks something like this.

    The main controls are on the bar at the bottom of the video player that we’ve highlighted. From left to right, you can use them to:

    – play our pause the video
    – adjust or mute/unmute the video’s volume
    – see more information about the current video you’re watching
    – enable or disable subtitles for the video, and choose what language they’re in
    – view a transcript of the lecture (click a line to skip to that point, or click Back to Talk to return to the video)
    – enter or exit full screen mode

    We’ve also highlighted additional options on the right side of the screen. From top to bottom, they let you:

    – add or remove this video from your “Saved Talks” menu so you can watch it later
    – add or remove this video from your “Favorite Talks” menu
    – download the lecture, either in audio or video format (with or without subtitles)
    – rate the video by selecting up to three words that best describe it

  5. Under “Share This Idea”, click one of the buttons here to share this TED.com video with one or more people whom you know through:

    – Twitter
    – Facebook
    – Email
    – Your own website (through an embedded link code)
    – Google Plus, LinkedIn, or Pinterest (all under the button with three dots)

    You can also click on the presenter’s name or picture to see more information about them, including a short biography and any other contributions that they’ve made to TED.com.

  6. You can also scroll down to the “Discuss” section in order to have a conversation about what you see in the video.  Simply click in the big text box at the top of the section and type in what you want to say, and then click Submit.

    You can also see what other people have said about this video below; click the buttons beside “Newest” or “Upvotes” to sort comments by how recently they were posted, or by how popular they are.

    If you want to address your comment specifically to another person and what they said, click Reply below their comment.  Likewise, if you appreciate what they said, click Upvote below their comment. 

    Conversely, if you think that the person’s comment is offensive or otherwise inappropriate, or isn’t relevant to the video at all, click Report.  Then click the button beside whether the comment is “Spam” (i.e. completely unrelated) or “Inappropriate”, and then click Flag.

Those are the major ins and outs of how to watch videos on TED.com!